All Saints Vicarage is located in Hetton Le Hole, a former colliery village, now a thriving local hub with connections to Durham City, Sunderland and Newcastle. We provide a home to seven young adults with Autism and Learning Disabilities, and other Complex Needs.
Growing up with a neurodiverse sibling first inspired me to join health and social care, which I did in June 2008. I began my career with Swanton as a support worker, gradually progressing my career path and skills across multiple sites. At almost every appraisal, I would say I was content in my role, but the ever-innovative landscape of care and support for people with need always made me curious and determined that I could personally make a difference.
Working at every grade within our services has given me the skills and knowledge, professionally and personally, to be a better person, and by extension, provide better support to those who use our services, as well as those who work in our services.
Being able to support individuals to learn and have fun, enjoy life, be a tool for advocacy and a voice when the individual may otherwise have struggled, made me ever more determined to strive to make every moment matter.
I joined Swanton in 2017 as a service manager and worked with the team to expand supported living services as well as manage residential homes. In time, I became regional director for the North-East in 2021. I learned very early on in my career with Swanton that the company is very passionate about the people we support, their homes and enriching their quality of life, which aligns with my own values.
I moved to England from Mumbai, India, in 2005 for education which I continued to do for several years. During this time, I integrated with people from many countries and cultures, and this helped broaden my viewpoints massively. I firmly believe this helped me to embrace diversity and value varied inputs throughout my career, which I have been in since 2006.
I understand that being in a support environment can be difficult. Together, the team and I are here to help in empowering and supporting those in our care to feel safe and live the lives they wish to lead.
I started my career as a Support Worker when I graduated university in 2004, progressing my way through Deputy Manager and Home Manager, eventually joining Swanton in 2018 working as a Locality Manager covering services in and around Hull.
I have successfully held registrations for, and worked in, a full range of services from Supported Living to challenging Residential homes.
I share Swanton Care’s passion for ensuring that the vulnerable people in our care have the best life and opportunities possible. I believe this is achieved by making sure the people we support have their voices heard and that our teams are appropriately trained ad supported to provide this care.
I feel privileged to work in such a rewarding sector with a fantastic team, I look forward to what the future will bring for the people we support and our organization.
Each person is supported by a trained and empathetic care team to take part in a program of activities that incorporates daily living skills such as money and communication skills, to hobbies and interests such as gardening and football. It is a core principle is to make every moment matter for those who not only use our services, but call All Saints there home.
Understanding a person’s history, their goals in life and speaking with families and friends means we can ensure that each person is empowered to live life they way they want – this includes being able to take risks; everyone has the human right to wake up on the wrong side of the bed!